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DollarsIn the wake of US$ 5 Million fine imposed on the organisers of Turkish GP, below is a list of some of the biggest fines in motorsport history.

  • US$5 Million Turkish Grand Prix organisers fined for controversial podium ceremony in August 2006 that had Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat handing out the winners’ trophy after the race in Istanbul.
  • US$1 Million Ferrari, Michael Schumacher and team mate Rubens Barrichello were fined for a breach of podium procedures after the infamous 2002 Austrian Grand Prix that saw Barrichello ordered to move over for Schumacher at the end after leading the entire race.
  • US$1 Million South Korean carmaker Hyundai fined in 2004 for missing four rounds of the World Rally championship.
  • US$1 Million Hungarian Grand Prix organisers fined after a track invasion at the 1998 race won by Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher.
  • US$500,000 Benetton fined after Schumacher ignored a black flag warning at the 1994 British Grand Prix.
  • US$200,000 Benetton and Williams pay the price after being found guilty of using irregular fuel at the 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • US$100,000 McLaren and Benetton each fined by FIA after failing to make computer codes available immediately after the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
  • US$100,000 Brazilian Grand Prix organisers fined for safety problems during the 2000 GP. Qualifying was interrupted three times after advertising hoardings fell on the track. One hit French driver Jean Alesi.
  • US$100,000 Brazilian Ayrton Senna fined for dangerous driving at the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix. He later accused FISA president Jean-Marie Balestre of manipulating the championship. McLaren paid the fine.
  • US$50,000 McLaren fined and lost 10 points in the constructors’ championship for a missing seal on an electronic control unit after Finland’s Mika Hakkinen won the 2000 Austrian Grand Prix. Hakkinen kept the race win.
  • US$50,000 McLaren fined for fuel irregularities at 1997 Belgian Grand Prix.
  • US$50,000 Ferrari fined for vandalism at Portugal’s Estoril circuit in 1994 after mechanics helped break down a locked door to leave the track after working on the team’s cars.

Courtsey: Reuters

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As reported on HomeofSport

This weekend’s German grand prix is likely to be the last at Hockenheim. Circuit spokesman Hartmut Tesseraux told ‘dpa’ on Monday that he ‘assumes’ the race is to drop off Bernie Ecclestone’s 2007 calendar.

With Spa Francorchamps to return and teams unwilling to travel to more than 18 venues each year, Germany – with two grands prix on the current schedule – along with Italy, is an obvious target for the cull. He added, however, that Hockenheim is still hopeful that Ecclestone could agree to a year-by-year alternation of the Formula One privilege with organisers of the Nurburgring event.

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Spa Francorchamps – A Legend

Posted: February 17, 2006 by Neeraj in Articles, External, General, RaceTracks, Spa

Spa Francorchamps – A Legend

An amazing article that takes the nostalgic sping through the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

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No Belgian GP in 2006 !

Posted: February 9, 2006 by Neeraj in External, News, RaceTracks, Spa

It’s unfortunate that there ain’t gonna be Belgium GP this year [the details are available here] !! The silver-lining-in-dark-could is that it is being done for the good. Hoping to see the Improved Spa-Franchorchamps circuit next year.

[Image courtsey Official Formula 1 site]

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